Custom Essay Writing – Should You Buy Essays Online?

Custom essay writing services are rampant on the web these days. Every time I turn around, it seems like there is a new website selling essays to unsuspecting college students around the world. These companies are unethical and doing their customers a major disservice.

Keep reading to find out why you should never pay money for an essay online.

Where do essay writing services get their essays? Although many of these companies would like you to believe that they are creating essays with a qualified team of writers, most of these so-called essay writing services actually outsource their writing to India and other countries. Think of it: someone in New Delhi is getting paid a few bucks an hour to write your college paper.

Why is it so bad to buy an essay that was produced in a foreign country? Besides the obvious waste of an opportunity to grow intellectually and the apparent waste of your college tuition, an essay written by a foreigner is simply not going to reflect the expectations of a college writing class in the United States.

Many custom essay writing services will also provide you with a finished document that is recycled from previously composed work for other customers. Some of these essays even get reproduced online and become easy for your instructor to catch and dismiss as simple plagiarism.

As a college writing instructor myself, I have found it very easy to identify essays that students either buy online or pay someone else to write. It is not difficult and often very obvious when it happens. I want to urge you to think twice (even three times) about making this error next time you think about skipping an assignment and finding an essay for sale on the web. Not only will you be throwing away your college education, you’re also very likely to get caught!

Source by Jason Clegg

How Personal Responsibility for Garbage Turned Me Greener

I’ve long debated with online and offline friends about the virtue and morality of liberty, often touting the wealth-generating effects of institutional respect for private property and rule of law. Over the past several years, however, another linkage has come into focus for me: personal responsibility. Of all the strange places for this to have developed, it was in regards to my perspective of garbage. Allow me to explain…

Having moved from rental apartments to co-operative living, buying rental properties, and eventually moving into my own house, my perspective of garbage has changed, and has made me realize more clearly the virtue of personal responsibility. Proponents of the Green movement take heed: my awareness of your values has come from a position of believing in capitalism, and I think your study of capitalism and personal responsibility will help you crystalize your understanding of your issue, and will further advance what should actually be your cause. This matter is a classic “tragedy of the commons” situation, but you’re focused on the ends rather than the means.

The majority of my tenants live in “affordable” apartments in a city which provides a lot of services, including trash pickup. Consequently, they don’t have to think much about it; they simply put out their trash in the designated locations and the city takes it away. It matters not to them whether their trash is reducible, recyclable, reusable, or not – they simply put it out and it vanishes. In fact, this city doesn’t have separate collection services for rubbish and recyclables, so it simply all gets placed in the same receptacles without tenants needing to give it any thought. I used to live in an affordable apartment in that same city, so I speak from experience.

Someday, should the city decide to institute recycling, the tenants won’t see it as an important step towards advancing economy and ecology; having come to expect personal irresponsibility as the norm, they will simply find it to be an annoyance. They will reluctantly struggle to separate different categories of what they previously regarded as undifferentiated garbage into multiple interim storage bins cluttering their cramped apartments. Looking at this from their narrow perspective, separating trash is someone else’s problem, and they will see no value in having it turned into their problem. Although the city may save money by instituting recycling, rents will not be reduced because taxes will not be reduced; this extra burden will simply be thrust upon them by decree, and without remuneration or other perceptible benefit.

The system works the same with their sewage. Whatever they flush down their toilets simply goes away, becoming someone else’s problem. This is true whether it is biological waste, or non-biodegradable material. It goes down the pipes and vanishes, never to be considered again. As a landlord, most of what they throw away or flush down their toilets falls into the same category for me, but occasionally, they attempt to dispose of things which cause problems. In fact, if you ask people why they do not invest in residential real estate, one of the most common answers is that they don’t want to deal with backed-up toilets at all hours of the day and night. I can confirm that there is some validity to this answer. Drains and sewers were never intended to process cooking grease, cloth wipes, women’s sanitary products, condoms, or steel wool pads. Even quantities of paper towels and toilet paper can eventually clog up a drain, and when a stoppage occurs, it is often impossible to determine which tenant(s) are at fault, so it becomes the landlord’s problem.

That which does pass through becomes someone else’s problem, although of course, the city’s costs in operating and maintaining its sewage processing systems does translate into tax costs for we property owners, and is passed on to our tenants in higher rents. Even for those of us who recognize this linkage, taking measures to mitigate such problems are merely expensive drops in the bucket when one considers one building’s tiny place in the socio-economic-political cosmos which is that city. The tragedy of the commons prevails, and tenants use the sewage system to dispose of whatever they can, rather than deal with it in a more economically- or ecologically-responsible manner.

Someone else’s problems also become my problems when my tenants attempt to dispose of things the city won’t collect. My city will not pick up building materials, for instance, so in my cost of apartment renovations, I must also factor the cost of privately disposing of the debris. My tenants don’t consider this, so if they perform any of their own renovations and leave their debris for pickup, it becomes my problem. More frequently, though, my tenants attempt to dispose of common bulk household items like furniture or CRT televisions. My city will only pickup one piece of bulk furniture per address per week, (and only on non-holiday weeks,) and they will only pick up a television by a special appointment, individually scheduled, weeks in advance. Tenants don’t care about these details, of course, so they will leave two old televisions and four pieces of a sectional couch out for pickup on whatever day their new furniture arrives, making it my problem. The city uses violation notices and fines to inspire me to the personal responsibility necessary to properly deal with this rubbish. It is that personal responsibility imposed upon property owners which makes them consider these things which tenants do not consider.

The idea of the “tragedy of the commons” stems from public grazing lands. When multiple ranchers share public grazing land, it is in the best economic interest of each of them to exploit the resource to exhaustion, so as to gain the most personal benefit from the shared cost of its maintenance. Privately-owned grazing lands are managed much more sustainably and economically by their owners. Similarly, being able to capriciously dispose of anything without regard for the cost of the disposal makes tenants use more than their fair share of the sanitation system. With costs disconnected from utilization, everyone exploits the system, so the costs simply escalate, which translates into higher taxes, which translates into higher rents. Not one in a hundred, however, would be able to trace back to their garbage disposal habits as a source of their rent increases, and it is admittedly a small effect on each of them, but when multiplied by the city’s 200,000 inhabitants, it becomes considerable.

Being in a different economic class than my tenants, I receive a proverbial carrot when I donate my used furniture or televisions to charity. Various not-for-profit organizations will come pick it up for free, and compensate me with a tax deduction for my contribution. Lower-income tenants taking the standard deduction on their tax returns and being able to make their disposals someone else’s problem get neither the carrot nor the stick, so they don’t care if someone else might be able to use their discards as hand-me-downs instead of turning them into landfill.

My home also has its own septic system rather than a sewer connection, so whatever I flush remains my problem until it either degrades or is pumped out manually – and of course, the more I flush inappropriate stuff, the more frequently I directly experience septic pumping expenses. Hitting someone in the wallet for their own irresponsibility is a terrific way to make them see a better path.

I first began to come around to this realization when I was on a cruise ship. I had seen the placard in my cabin’s bathroom asking me to help save the planet by conserving water. Later, taking a galley tour, they explained that they have onboard desalinization systems which convert seawater to potable water. Well, if they could make all the potable water they wanted, how was my conservation of it going to help save the planet? Hotels do this, too – they ask you to voluntarily reuse your towels and sheets rather than expect them to be replaced (and washed) daily, but surely, hotel washing machines are connected to the same seemingly-endless supply of water as that of a tenant’s apartment, no? Perhaps I was slow on the uptake, but it took me time to realize that the desalinization systems require energy to operate, so conserving water conserved energy, and of course, conserving energy saves money. The city’s water treatment plants also require energy to operate, so the more water tenant’s use, the more the city bills the landlord for the utilization. It takes the recognition of a lot of linkages to realize that running the tap on a cruise ship eventually translates to higher cruise fares. I wish I were the only idiot who took a while to see this, but when I saw one of my tenants defrosting a roast in her sink by running hot tap water over it, I realized the flaw in the system. She had no inkling of the connection between my fuel and water bills and her rent.

For the Green folks still reading, this is where capitalism comes into it. You’re predominantly trying to get government to make us Green rather than free us to make better decisions, ourselves. All other factors being equal, those cruise lines which are better able to inspire their passengers to conserve water will operate at a lower cost than those which don’t. With those savings, they will be able to offer their cruises at a lower fare or with more amenities, and will garner more market share and earn more profit. Over time, cruise lines which operate inefficiently, uneconomically, and anti-ecologically will be unable to compete, and will either change their ways or fail. Efficiency, economics, and the ecology are all linked, and the enemy is the tragedy-of-the-commons situation which is created when these things are separated. Doing so allows disrespect for the environment to be profitable. It makes inefficiency an externality (i.e., someone else’s problem). It permits uneconomical enterprises to survive by spreading their costs on unsuspecting masses, for each of whom the tiny proportion of the cost is imperceptible. Let this sink in and crystalize: common property is your proper enemy. When government provides a service like trash collection, without regard for the content or quantity of garbage, it becomes abused. When whatever drains down a pipe becomes someone else’s problem, people will flush all sorts of environmentally-thoughtless things. When landlords provide free, unmetered water to tenants, it is bound to be wasted, and in the case of hot water, the energy will be wasted, as well.

In one regard, the US Postal Service actually does what I’m suggesting: business mail. When you drop a stamped first class letter into a mailbox, it requires a number of steps to get from there to the addressee, and for the price of the stamp, you’re asking the Postal Service to perform all of those steps for you. However, the more of those steps business mailers are willing to do, the more savings they can reap. Mail sorted and separated by the first three digits of the Zip codes gets a small discount because those entire trays of mail avoid some of the local processing and are simply delivered to the centers which handle those geographic areas. Sorting and separating by five-digit Zip codes gets a larger discount by skipping another level of processing. If you sort mail down to the delivery point, you’re effectively doing most of the work for the Postal Service, short of putting it in the recipient’s box, so you get an even larger discount. What if trash were handled this way? Instead of a tax-funded one-size-fits-all solution, what if property owners were free to make their own decisions on the matter? They could decide for themselves whether they wanted the discount of separating their trash, or whether they wanted to pay to delegate that to a disposal company. Savings – and freedom of choice – could be passed on to tenants, too; a tenant opting for the lower rent of a trash-separating building could be obligated in his lease to separate trash, else be in default, facing penalties or eviction. Those tenants could separate their own trash, assign it to their kids as chores, or hire a maid to do it. Conversely, a tenant who didn’t want to deal with trash separation could delegate that to someone else by paying the higher rent of a building which took care of it for them. Next, that building would be free to employ its own trash separators, if economical, or could simply pay the higher fee to have its trash picked up by a company which took care of separation for them. In turn, those haulers would be free to hire their own trash separators or could pay more to transfer stations to take care of it. Transfer stations would be free to hire their own separators or could pay more to dumps to take care of it. Finally, dumps would be free to decide which material was worth separating for resale, and which most appropriate to simply bury or incinerate.

Choice, rather than force, is the way forward. Forcing car manufacturers to conform to ridiculous environmental standards made cars small, weak, and expensive… and drove consumers to instead buy minivans and SUVs, neither of which were required to meet those standards; choice would have allowed manufacturers to produce something in the middle for people who wanted more room or more metal between them and the other drivers, without pushing buyers completely out of the category of “car.” Forcing unwilling people to separate their trash makes them minimally comply, resulting in otherwise-recyclable glass, plastic, and metal being contaminated with food waste, often disqualifying entire loads; choice would allow disinterested people to dispose of their otherwise-recyclables without as much risk of contaminating the properly-separated recyclables of compliant volunteers. Choice coupled with assigning people the costs of the various options will encourage them to make better decisions.

Source by Brian Blum

Remodel Right: 10 Tips for the Perfect Kitchen Make-Over

Whether you need a place to perfect your favorite gourmet recipe or a place to heat up a frozen pizza, the kitchen is an integral part of any home. From enjoying your coffee in the morning to catching up with friends or family over dinner, most of us spend considerable amounts of time in our kitchens – which makes it all the more important that we feel 100% comfortable in the space.

It’s no wonder then, that so many of us opt for a remodel to create a flawlessly functional kitchen that meets their highest expectations. But before you start fixing all of the quirks that bother you so much, take a moment – or two – to design your ideal space in your head. To keep things in perspective, we’ve put together this list of 10 top tips for creating quality kitchens beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Read on for matchless inspiration!

1. Haste Makes Waste

We can’t say it enough: never begin renovating before you’re perfectly clear on what you want to change. To help you figure out what needs to stay and what needs to go, spend a few hours cooking in the space, actively thinking about what’s undesirable or inefficient. All quality kitchens are the result of meticulous planning, so never skip this step of the process!

2. Leave Plenty of Storage Room

Your storage room on both sides of your stove and near your refrigerator (and maybe even near your microwave) should be at least 15 inches long. Convenience is key, after all!

3. Let’s Chat Countertops

If you’re a cooking guru, go for spacious countertops that’ll allow you to line up and reach all of your ingredients with minimal effort. Should you have children who like helping you cook up a storm, you may even want to consider installing lower countertops that your kids can reach with ease.

4. What’s the Island For?

Many quality kitchens have an island, but you probably haven’t considered what its purpose is. Well, now’s the time, as your answer will affect its design and size! If you want to kill two birds with one stone and use the island as both a cooking and casual dining area, make sure that you leave enough room to accommodate both functions.

5. Keep Cabinetry Away from Corners

Don’t just think about how amazing your new cabinets will look… also think about how – and in what direction – they’ll open. A designer’s worst nightmare is corners obstructing cabinet doors, or cabinet doors swinging in opposite directions and colliding. Blunders like that make for definite face-palm moments.

6. Power Outlets Are Priceless

Whether you’re plugging in your new blender or want to charge your phone, installing power outlets in convenient locations, such as in your island or on the backsplash, is essential – but is often forgotten!

7. Consider Your Walking Paths

As a rule of thumb, all quality kitchens should have walkways that are at least 45 inches wide (if not more!) in cooking areas, and paths that are about 35 inches wide throughout the rest of the space. No one wants a kitchen traffic jam!

8. Tap Into Convenience

Wouldn’t it be great if you could fill your pot with water right next to your cooktop? Well, ingenious pot fillers turn this dream into a very convenient reality. Why not give your arms a break and install one of these miraculous mechanisms?

9. Revolutionize Recycling

Recycling bins that are in plain sight not only take away from the beauty of a room, but can also get in the way. Resolve both of these problems with a simple solution: conceal your recycling in pull-out cabinets instead. If you’re all about organization, you could even put your glass, plastic, metal, and paper containers in separate cabinets.

10. Consider Cleaning

No one likes to think about cleaning, but do yourself the favor when you remodel your shelves, countertops, and sinks. Although glass shelves or glossy finishes may look fabulous when they’re first installed, consider how much longer these materials will take to clean after you’ve been baking with the kids or trying out a new, elaborate recipe. It often pays off to prioritize practicality over appearance, so give those matte finishes and flush-set sinks a second thought.

Quality kitchens strike the perfect balance between practicality and appearance, and – most importantly – put a smile on your face. Turn your dream into a reality with these 10 tips, which will make the make-over as easy as pie!

Source by Annie Taylor

How To Rapidly Build A Large Real Estate Portfolio Using Buy Rehab Rent Refinance and Repeat

How To Rapidly Build A Large Real Estate Portfolio Using Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, and Repeat Strategies

In this article, you will gain a full understanding of how you can rapidly build a large real estate portfolio by using the buy, rehab, rent, refinance and repeat method. This strategy was pioneered by Danill Kleyman of True Vision Analytics, who is one of the best, if not the best real estate expert of all time I ever come across I happened to attend one of his online training and the above strategy simply blew my mind.

Today, I am happy to share my own take and also hope that you can put this method to use as soon as possible.

If you are into the following market category and has been struggling:

  • Property ownership,
  • Buying and selling,
  • Commercial property buying and selling
  • Commercial building for purpose of refinancing or selling
  • House flipping for profit
  • Landlord or homeowner
  • New construction
  • Rehabbers
  • And residential and commercial developments

Then this article will definitely benefit you the most and you can come back and thank me later.

From what I noticed, the strategy works with property owners meaning if you own the property. Then sell and buy more. Commercial property buying and selling will benefit too if your overall objective is to increase your portfolio. Same goes to house flippers and homeowners who want to increase their real estate portfolio.

One great thing about this strategy is that it works in a flat market and it also works in a volatile market as well. The juice behind it is that you only use one fund and then recycle that fund over and over and over until you reached the expected or intend portfolio limit or your target. Now let’s look at what the strategy really is and how to use it.

What Is Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance and Repeat Strategy?

The strategy according to Daniil is called BRRRR which stands for:

  • Buying of property which is the initial stage of every homeowner of intending property real estate investors.
  • Rehab means rehabilitating the property toward selling or renting it for profit.
  • Rent. which means renting out for returns on capital investment.
  • Refinance. Which means recycling the finance used on the initial purchases to buy another property as a result of good returns.
  • Repeat. This simply means repeat the process.

Benefits of BRRRR Strategy

  • First, it is the most powerful money building strategies you will ever encounter in real estate building and investment industry.
  • The strategy takes advantage of the concept of “velocity of money” to help you roll over the same cash deal after deal.
  • It enables you to rapidly build your portfolio using private money or a limited amount of cash.
  • It works in a market that is not appreciating
  • The strategy allows you to build a portfolio with little or zero money on your own tied up, yet with at least a 20% equity position as against debt that will protect you in a down market.

How Does BRRRR Strategy Work?

First and the most important rule here is to make sure you don’t get stuck on the first deal before jumping over to the next deal. Yes! I myself I was confused at first when he explained in detail, my jaws dropped, figuratively.

Because these deals when done properly are maths intensive and according to Daniil, the best way to not get your numbers stuck it to make sure your numbers work before buying the next deal.

For the sake of not wasting your time, let me jump right into how this strategy works

Step 1: Buying A Property

This is the first and most important step into the strategy. This shows that you are ready to build your portfolio and you are committed to making it work

You can use a various source to get funding and this include:

  • Your own cash if you have savings
  • Private Lender. Only just make sure they refinance your rehabs as well.
  • Bank loan if you know how to prepare a convincing presentation.
  • A line of credit from members of the family, friend/s, partners, private lenders or even seller financing.
  • To learn more about how to find private money and how to structure private deals that will get lenders begging to invest with you, watch this video.

Step 2: Rehab

Once you have secured financing and bought your first house, you will need to rehab it. Always bear in mind to keep the property with the market tune as you will be renting it out and don’t overdo it.

Aspire to create more the highest property appreciation through bigger rehabs. To achieve this, you have to do this:

  • When you go reappraisal, make sure to indicate to the bank that you have just made major renovations and improvement on the property.
  • Improvements like broken boiler replaced, electricals, HVAC, plumbing, etc, should be mention. These will help increase the property appreciation rapidly.

Make sure you do all your rehab work now so you don’t have any maintenance call for the next 5yrs.

Step 3: Rent The Property

This step requires that you start showing the property to potential tenants before the renovation and improvement finished. You will proceed to step four quicker if you already have a lease in and a tenant to move in soon as renovation is complete.

Step 4: Refinancing The Property

This is a very crucial step in building your portfolio much faster. As much as the lease is in place and the rehab is complete, go to your local community bank for refinancing talks. This is because, your local community banks are often mandated by regulation, to give you a loan to local businesses. And they are going to lend you based on the percentage of the new market value of the property not based on your cost.

Step 5: Repeat

In this final step, you are going to repeat the whole process with the net result of step 4. This means you have paid off your short-term financing and you now have a cash flow asset that brings in money every month with zero cash tied up of your own. With the positive cash flow coming and a 20% equity on paper, your balance sheet looks and you can take to your local bank again for another loan.


These five steps; buy, rehab, rent, refinance and repeat are the steps that makes up BRRRR strategy you can apply from today to change. This is how you can rapidly build a large real estate portfolio. Again according to Daniil, there are a couple of very crucial points to note so as maximize this strategy.

These are;

  • You can find such deals like that in almost any market.
  • Investment Vs appraisal is what matters the most.
  • This strategy can work on a 50k deal, 100k, deal or even 500k deal.
  • Make sure you use short-term financing and a reliable refinancing.
  • You can also use private lenders for refinancing but make sure they have a steady flow of money or a steady job that provides income.
  • Always make sure that you can get a refinancing before you buy the deal. To avoid getting stuck.
  • Avoid buying in an area you will have difficulties renting it out. Without a rent lease, you won’t be able to get refinancing from your local bank.
  • The tradeoff to be watchful of is to avoid spending too much on the renovation. As this could slow down your “velocity of money”.
  • Always read the small prints on the loan, get a Lawyer to go over it just to make sure there no sudden foreclosure clause buried within.
  • Know your numbers first before you even go into any deal

This is how to rapidly build a large real estate portfolio using buy, rehab, rent, refinance and repeat the strategy. The most important point again is to know your numbers before you go into any deal. And your ability to get short-term finance and a take-out financing. Which is getting a funding upon the net profit of your first deal. You can use Rehab Valuator free software to calculate and master your numbers within a few minutes. Please leave your comment or any question below and I will get back to you immediately.

Source by Richard U

Is It Possible To Reconstruct Shredded Documents?

Unshredding is all about putting together the bits and pieces of shredded documents. Some of us tend to think that shredding is a finality in itself and this turns out to be the truth some of the time. There are many types of shredder and they are all different from one another, for example the personal shredders do not operate with the same amount of efficiency that the industrial shredders do and as a result this gives rise to the possibility that any such documents processed by personal shredders can be reconstructed. On shredding, the pieces tend to stick together thus making it all the more easily to reconstruct. In addition, if the documents are shredded with the text not perpendicular to the blades, the text would still be legible on the thin strips of ‘noodles’ as they come out of the shredder.

Trying to recover shredded documents is something that has been attempted at since the early days of shredding. Back then,unshredding was all done manually. When the Iranians revolted against the Shah and took over the US embassy many sensitive documents were shredded by the Americans. The Iranians made use of the local carpet weavers to manually rebuild such documents that had been processed in this manner. Many a sensitive document was recovered in this manner which the Iranians later released in book form titled “Documents from the US espionage Den”. On account of this, today the US embassy utilizes pulverizing, pulping and chemical decomposition for destroying such sensitive documents.

Machine shredded paper is by and larger unrecoverable and is confetti to a large extent. But with the help of modern computing, the reassembling of such shredded documents is speeded up. What this means, is that the computer would end up scanning both the sides of the fragment, front and back and then are placed together as determined by the computer. In May 2007, a team of German scientists in Berlin had announced that they had developed a digital system to read and piece together all the torn fragments together, one that does unshredding. The engineers hope that the software scanners and system does not take about 5 years to do so even after taking into account the fragments different sizes and shapes, the durability and the varying paper textures, the assortment of the printing used [from handwriting to dot matrix] and the ranges of the edges [ from sharp ones to ragged and handmade]. According to Jon Schneider, the project manager, “the numbers are tremendous. If you imagine putting a jigsaw puzzle at home, you may have a thousand pieces and a picture of what it is supposed to be like. Here, we have millions of pieces and no idea as to what they should look like in the end”.

Robert Johnson of the national association for Information destruction had said that there was an every growing demand for document reconstruction these days. Many companies are currently offering commercial document reconstruction or unshredding as a premium service. When shredding documents, for effective security one should always process the documents in such a way that the lines of text are perpendicular to the blades of the shredder. For example, when the Enron officials shredded the Enron documents, they ended up doing it in the wrong way and as a result they were quite easy to reconstruct for the government officials. At the moment, there is a huge operation to utilize this reconstruction process and recover the shredded archives of the Stasi, the dreaded East German secret police. Of the “millions of shredded paper that the Stasi threw into garbage bags in the final days before the fall of the wall in 1989” about 300 of the 16,000 bags have been recovered and that alone took about three dozen people some three years to do it. At the moment, the German government is seriously thinking of using modern computerized methods for this task.

The problem with residential shredders, not related to unshredding, is that they have been known to cause an injury every now and then. On account of their ease of operations, these kinds of shredders are becoming all the more common. Even if they come with narrow openings, the cutting wheels of these kinds of shredders still pose quite a sufficient risk to pets and small children. As some of these types can be left standing in the “stand by” mode, the shredding process would start automatically if anything were inserted into the feed slot while in this mode. So in order to reduce the risk to one’s pets and children, all that we would have to do is to unplug the shredder when not utilizing it.

Professional shredding companies like Shredex, part of the Florida paper shredding service, appreciate all these risks and take optimum care to make sure that your documents are destroyed. With privacy being a main concern these days and in relation to your business, you should avail yourselves of the services of a professional company like shredex to shred anything and everything that is not needed and do this in a professional manner. Shredex, a part of the Florida paper shredding service does just that.

Source by Shimshon Hazan

About Bamboo, A Renewable Resource

Bamboo, the fastest growing plant, is a renewable resource that is used for many things. It is a grass and grows back faster than trees. A bamboo plant can grow about four feet in 24 hours, and a full plant will grow back in about two months. Since it takes a tree many years to grow back, it is quicker to make more bamboo products while keeping a high supply of plants as well. The plant can regenerate without replanting if they are harvested using selective cutting. It can also be harvested faster than trees and can produce 20 percent more timber than trees in the same amount of area.

The bamboo plant grows all over the world, and it is native to every continent except Europe and the North and South Poles. China has the largest amount of bamboo, and they have made products from it for over 3,000 years. The plant has green leaves that filters carbon dioxide and other harmful toxins in the air around us, and it produces 30 percent more oxygen than trees. Bamboo can survive in a drought or when there is a lot of rain. Bamboo plants have a large root system and a large canopy that prevents soil erosion when there is a lot of rain runoff. The roots of the plant absorb a lot of the rain in the soil.

Bamboo is processed just like most other materials before it is used. Sodium hydroxide is used for the processing, the same chemical used for making soap, food, paper, and most cotton fabrics including organic cotton. The chemical is safe if it is used properly. Most companies reuse the sodium hydroxide to decrease waste as well. Even though chemicals are used in the processing of bamboo, it is still eco-friendly. The process can and will be improved in the future. Since there is a large supply of bamboo that grows back without replanting, it is grown without pesticides or fertilizers.

Bamboo is an excellent replacement for plastic and other products because it will improve the environment and help you live a greener life. Bamboo products that replace plastic items are biodegradable, making them environmentally friendly. It is often used to replace plastic water bottles, pens, mats, shades and blinds, umbrellas, buckets, diapers, umbrellas, and even toys.

Bamboo can replace a lot of other items that people use because it is one of the strongest materials to work with. It is stronger than aluminum, and it is more durable than oak wood. Companies use bamboo plants to make furniture, flooring, and other construction materials. Materials made from bamboo are visually appealing, so you don’t have to give up your style by going green. Bamboo is also used to make fabric clothing. It is a better choice than cotton or polyester because it is breathable, helps to regulate your temperature, keeps you dry, and resists odors.

Source by D. Barbieri

Green Practices – Earth Day, Every Day

April 22nd 2012 will be the 42nd anniversary of Earth day and hype has people thinking of ways they can protect our environment. ‘Green’ practices should become part of an everyday lifestyle and not just considered on one day out of an entire year. Earth Day refers to consideration of employing practices that are not damaging to or that replenish our natural resources. There are plenty of steps we can all take to make our lifestyle greener reducing any negative impact on the environment.

Conserve Energy

Spoiled by modern conveniences few of us think of how simple changes in our daily chores can go towards conserving energy. Did you know that at least 85% of the energy a washing machine uses actually goes to heating the water? Washing clothes in cold water can curb a sufficient amount of energy. At the same time save dryer energy by drying clothes on a line or drying rack. Nothing like a breath of fresh air brought to line dried clothes!

Consumers can save money and conserve energy by adjusting their thermostats during hours away from home. Programmable thermostats are a valuable consideration. Set these to turn heat and air conditioners to higher or lower temps during your non-use or don’t need hours. For example, lower heat at night and use an extra blanket. When plugged in but turned off some home appliances still draw energy. A computer for example uses about 20 watts even though it is not being used, an entertainment center 17 watts and a DVD boom player about 9 watts. Know which appliances draw energy when not in use and unplug them until needed.

When leaving a room or leaving home for an extended time turn off your lights. Turn lights off during the day and open curtains or shades to make use of the sunlight. Avoid using incandescent light bulbs as they emit tons of greenhouse gases. Change to Compact Fluorescent Lamps-CFLs-which use only 20-30 percent of the energy required by an incandescent bulb to create the same amount of light. Light Emitting Diodes or LEDs are the way to go as they use only 10% of the amount of energy an incandescent bulb uses. These choices not only reduce carbon emissions, but they also reduce your electric bill!

Use Less Gas

Carpooling, using public transportation, biking or walking to work not only saves on your gas bill but also cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions. Carpooling programs have become increasingly more popular especially with the current price of gasoline. Many corporations have organized routes and provide energy-efficient vehicles for employee carpool groups. Join a car-share or carpool program and use less gas. When possible walk or use your bike to run short errands or commute to work. Bike lanes are making it easier and safer to use a bike for transportation and recreation. And think of the positive effect it has on your health improving your cardiovascular and reducing you weight. Consider reducing the traffic on the road and not using gas by telecommuting to work!


Recycling is required by most all towns across the US. Up to date recycling centers are making this process easier for consumers by having smart machines that can separate out each type of recyclable item. Materials from recycle programs are used in the creation of new of the same or even totally different products. Examples of this are plastic bags collected and reused to make new plastic bags or recycled glass used for creating new tableware, glassware and jewelry. You can do your part by putting a separate recycle container next to your trash to make it easier for you to divide recyclables such as bottles, cans and newspaper from other home trash. Electronics such as cell phones and computers should be used as long as possible or donated for reuse. Electronic waste contains toxins that are a growing environmental problem. When necessary to do away with an electronic item ask your local government agency for the time of their hazardous waste collection.

Consider finding gently used secondhand products or new products made from recycled materials. There are plenty of consignment shops, garage sales and online resources that advertise resale products like furniture, appliances and clothing. If new is your thing find niche markets that sell furniture, clothing, linens and kitchen ware that are made from organic, sustainable or recycled materials from vendors that employ green practices. Borrowing and sharing items with neighbors cuts down on the waste and clutter in your home. Borrowing books from the library or starting a book swap group for example saves on the use of ink and paper thereby reducing the environmental impact of new production.


A great way to avoid the cost and environmental damages of synthetic fertilizers in your garden is to compost your own organic waste. Check out the US Composting Council for easy steps in reusing your organic waste.

Lean Toward Organic Eating Habits

Almost a fifth of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions and about a quarter of all global water used in agriculture goes to the production of livestock. Cutting down on the amount of meat you consume actually reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Buy from local farmers for organic meat, eggs, dairy and produce. Food from these sources is usually fresher, more flavorful and safer on the environment as they do not use chemicals or synthetic fertilizers to grow. Besides, your money will be going directly to these food producers. Reduce food waste by encouraging your local restaurants and grocery stores to partner with local food pantries or rescue organizations. Donate to your local food pantry any nonperishable canned and dried foods that you won’t be using.

Tap Water Says Eco-friendly Like No Other

The bottled water industry makes billions of dollars in profits as well as creating millions of pounds of plastic bottle waste. Not biodegradable, plastic bottles end up as a huge environmental mess littering parks, road sides and waterways and filling up landfills. Rather than the expense and environmental concern of bottled water use tap water in a reusable water bottle. To conserve water take short showers using a low flow shower head. Use of a faucet aerator on each faucet conserves water while keeping the water pressure up. Make sure your washer and dishwasher are full loads and do not run either washer for just a few articles. Studies have actually shown that a fully loaded dishwasher uses less water than hand washing dishes.

Go Organic

Current awareness of reducing our carbon footprint finds the increased availability of organic products ranging anywhere from clothing to furniture. Products certified as organic use no chemicals, synthetic fertilizers or dyes in their production. Manufacturers producing organic products adhere to green practices eliminating toxins from being introduced into the environment improving air quality and not contaminating soil or ground waters with post production runoff. Look for products made of organic cotton, organic wool or sustainable materials like hemp and bamboo. Especially in clothing these types of materials do not need to be dry-cleaned cutting down on toxic chemical use and saving you money. Make your own non-toxic cleaning supplies. With a few ingredients like lemon, vinegar, baking soda you can make very effective non-toxic cleaning products. This is easy on the pocket book and on the environment as there is no packaging and ingredients are natural. Think of the toxic fumes your indoor air will be saved from!

Make Green Lifestyle Choices

Every day of the year, not just on Earth Day, make green lifestyle choices. Think of reducing your carbon footprint and with each action you take weigh the environmental impact it will have. Protect our natural resources and be kind to Mother Earth.

Source by Lynn Lavanga

Enjoy All the Advantages of Affordable Venetian Marble

If spending got in the way of acquiring the super marble and granite looks and feel, read on about Venetian marble. Since recycling is everywhere in our fight to preserve the environment, salvaging natural marble brings us this solution to many dreams. Instead of the rather expensive cultured marble and granite, why not opt for the man-made Venetian marble?

How is Venetian marble made?

The reprocessed marble undergoes a procedure of pressing and heating with polymers and pigments. The result is a very strong, non-porous surface. Made of slabs in the factory, fabricators cut and polish it, ready for installation. You get VM in several attractive colors and enchanting edges for a fairyland feeling. Designs come to life in dreamy settings!

Among the Venetian marble, advantages are easy installations with little maintenance headaches, resisting bacteria and staining. Immense durability makes it appropriate for floors and shower enclosures, backsplashes and countertops.

Installations without seams

Without 48″ restrictions, Venetian marble is the first 60″ wide manufactured marble. With few seams, install it quickly and easily with little waste. Don’t you desire the most environmentally sustainable product?

Attractive color options too

Natural rock comes with many surface pits and marks from the wild underground through sustained earthly processes. Engineered stone is quite regular in coloration and surface consistency through the slab. Seams are minimal as a result and they suit applications where color regularity is preferred. Tibetan Beige and Coco Emperador are popular choices unless you opt for the more traditional colors like the Vanilla Sky and Melange.

How to maintain Venetian marble?

Compared to the conventional tile and natural stone surfaces, These marble premium surfaces present no maintenance issues. Simply wipe with wet cloth and even sponge and paper towels would suffice. If heavy stains occur, you need to use a mild soap. A neutral pH cleaner could also be used. A nonabrasive scrub pad will preserve the surface and result in many years of service with no hassles. A marble sealer is advised for additional protection. This marble being very durable, use it for backsplashes and countertops to provide the smart marble and granite look with a long life.

Venetian marble would introduce a great natural stone fantasy into the home or business at reasonable expense. Since many options exist, some are bound to meet your expectations, fancy, lifestyle, and budget. Survey our vast range of premium surfaces to make the best decisions.

Source by Amy Brown

The Four R’s That Will Save the Planet

Conservation seems to be on everyone’s mind lately. How to save energy, save money, save resources, and most importantly, save the planet (which is the only one we have at the moment). Going Green is definitely the trend and the term reduce, reuse, recycle is used over and over by eco-friendly crowds. Lately a fourth “R” has emerged to join the ranks of planet-saving steps. This article will discuss what these four “R’s” mean and simple ways you can practice them at home, in the car and even at the workplace.


Reduce refers to reducing the amount of energy you use and the amount of waste you create. There are several simple ways to do this that don’t cause much inconvenience to the average person. Being conscious of the package on the items you buy is one easy way to reduce your consumption. Avoid products with layers of packaging when one would do and purchase refillable products and their refills whenever possible. Plan your meals ahead and avoid wasting food that has gone bad waiting for you to cook it. Store or freeze leftovers for another day. Consider signing up for a service that will reduce, if not eliminate, the amount of junk mail you receive (this is a win-win for you and the planet). You can find such services by typing “junk mail” into Google. Also avoid buying magazines and newspapers that waste thousands of trees each year. Get your news online or on the television. Finally, plug all your appliances and electronics into power strips which you can easily switch off at night and when you’re not using them to avoid “phantom drain” of your electricity. Not only will you reduce your energy use, you’ll reduce your energy bill.


There are many products that can be reused instead of thrown away. Unfortunately, most of us were brought up in a disposable society and think nothing of tossing products away when we feel they have served their purpose. For example, if you currently buy individual liquid hand soap dispensers for each sink in you house, you can buy one large bottle of hand soap and refill the smaller containers over and over again. Giving donations are another way of reusing items. You are giving something you no longer find useful to someone who can use it without them having to buy it new and use up all resources that go into creating a new consumer product. Reuse the back of your printer papers by flipping them over and printing on them again (just make sure they aren’t used for your kids homework, teachers find this annoying). If you grow a garden or would like to, you can use your old vegetable and fruit wastes for composting. Shredded paper, coffee grounds, eggshells and brown leaves can also be reused in this way. The resulting organic compost is like gold to gardeners so even if you don’t want to use it, you can probably find a beginning gardener to buy it from you.


Recycling is similar to reusing in that the same item is used again. However, with recycling, the item is broken down into a more basic substance and reformed into something entirely different. For example, a pile of plastic soda bottles can be reformed into a child’s sandbox. It’s important to know your community’s rules about recycling because every place is different. On plastic products, for example, you should find a number surrounded by the recycle logo (it looks like a triangle made out of arrows). Certain number plastics are more difficult (and more expensive) to recycle so many communities only accept the easier to process numbers. You should be able to find out you local laws either on your city’s website or by calling your local city hall. Aside from plastics, which can be tricky, you can usually recycle any cans made from metal, any containers made from glass, juice and milk cartons (with the tin cans and glass jars), newspapers, magazines, any printed paper, and food boxes (like the ones pasta comes in).


New to the recycling scene, repurposing is my favorite step of conservation. I love the idea of finding a new way to use something old. For example, my daughter and I made shell people by painted some old quahog (large clams) shells and hot gluing some googly eyes and raffia hair to them. Similarly, we use old mismatched socks for hand puppets. I used an old dry sink that was falling apart for a makeshift gardening center and an old hose for a homemade irrigation system for my garden. Currently I am braiding some strips made from plastic bags into placemats that are easy to keep clean and rather attractive to the green at heart. As you can see, there are endless ways to look at old things with new eyes.

Source by Jennifer Carpenter

How to Determine the Warranty Status for Your Smart Phone

Ever wonder what options are available other than trekking back to the carrier (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon or T-Mobile) store for an “exchange” or “refund”, when your newly bought mobile device is damaged or malfunctioning? Not sure who to turn when the mobile device you bought from eBay, online or from friends starts to act strange? Where can you go when the screen has cracked on your 4 year-old phone? Smart-phone factory warranty information is often miss-understood, however, by learning the basics such policy can save you big dollars when it comes to warranted repairs on broken iPhone or broken mobile phones.

The Basics of a Smart Phone Factory Warranty Policy

Before you can begin you need to check the sections below to see if your broken cell phone is under or out of warranty. It is critical to define what status your broken cell phone falls under, as it will provide different services and eligibility.

Time frame:

Every mobile device you purchase (including smart phones) comes under a manufacturer’s warranty which will specifically guarantee said device will function as it was advertised. However, like any legal warranty clause, it is common to have an accompanying time frame for legitimate claims submission. Most OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) deploy a 12-month warranty policy which has become an industry standard. To you it means, upon purchase it should cover the initial 12 months beginning from the day the smart phone was bought. For an exact timeframe, you can determine this by adding 365 days from the listed date on your sales receipt. The original receipt should always be kept as proof of purchase. Do not solely rely on in-store data or bar codes on packaging boxes, since it does not serve as evidence. Detailed warranty booklets and leaflets are normally available within the packaging box.

Nature of Malfunction:

An OEM’s warranty is applicable only to the parts and products it manufactured; any post purchase add-on or after-market parts are not warranted. A factory will honor its obligation when a manufacturing defect has occurred on their product through normal usage. Examples below are malfunctioning cases where warranty coverage will be recognized:

Susan’s brand new (just bought) Motorola Droid X had a blank screen when Susan first powered up the smart phone and it persisted through subsequent power ups.

Ted’s 4 month-old Samsung Fascinate is experiencing no voice from the speaker or crackling sound during normal calls.

Pete’s 9 month-old Blackberry Bold has keyboard issues (the letter “A” button is un-responsive) when typing text or emailing.

When Did Your Smart Phone Become Out of Warranty:

A factory warranty policy will be voided when intentional damage was evident causing the defect or malfunction; as such, these are cases of “CID” – Customer Induced Damages. Manufactures will NOT honor their policy for these damaged devices, because it was intentionally damaged. There are 3 typical factors to determine CID/non-covered phones, they are: (1) LCD or screen cracked or evidence of liquid intrusion or water damaged cell phone, (2) Device bought and sold outside its normal sales channel, and (3) the expiration of a policy timeframe based on manufacturing date. Examples below are cases to demonstrate out of warranty facts:

Mary’s toddler was playing with her AT&T iPhone 4 when the device was dropped and produced a hairline screen crack on the LCD display. As a result, Apple will not honor the free repair because it was an induced accident, because it requires Apple out of warranty repair.

A student spilled beer onto his T-Mobile HD2 during last night’s graduation party causing his device to short out, therefore it could not be powered on. The device’s LDI (liquid damage indicator**) was also tripped.As a result, HTC will not honor the free repair because it was an induced accident.

Katie wanted to submit claims on her malfunctioning VerizonSnap after 16 months from the initial purchase date; hence the warranty will not cover it, as it exceeded the 12-month OEM warranty. As a result, HTC will not honor the free repair because it had passed the effective coverage timeframe.

Corey, a “tech nerd,” installed a custom O/S onto his smart phone for modifications and caused certain functions to fail by unlocking his iPhone.

Susan purchased a gently used Sprint Epic 4G from E-bay and demanded service, but she was declined as the limited warranty is extended only to the original owner, not subsequent or 3rd buyers. Only a certified pre-owned handset from the carrier (i.e. Sprint stores) will have a 90-day warranty coverage as a used product from a proper sales channel. Any phones purchased in after market or any other non-authorized distribution/re-seller will not enjoy the benefits of factory warranty.

* * LDI = Liquid damage indicator is a small piece of litmus paper placed in certain locations of a mobile device for indication of water intrusions. The paper will turn pink upon excessive moisture contact and alert examiners of past liquid damage.

Solutions for Phones needing Out of Warranty Replacement & Repair

Instead of retiring your phone into your desk drawer or throwing it away, what are your options after determining your broken or damaged phone is out of coverage?

(1) Request repair service at OEM/factory repair sites and they will provide original parts and guaranteed workmanship, however, they are usually associated with higher repair cost. It is common to cost over $150 for LCD replacements. You can contact the factory info below:

Apple out of warranty program – 1.800.694.7466

HTC out of warranty program – 1.888.617.1113

Blackberry out of warranty program – 1.800.331.0500

LG out of warranty program – 1.800.243.0000

Samsung out of warranty program – 1.800.726.7864

Motorola out of warranty program – 1.800.653.5350

Nokia out of warranty program – 1.888.665.4228

Sony Ericsson out of warranty program – 1.866.766.9374

(2) Get service at a local street level cell phone repair shop. You can locate these in your yellow pages. Although they offer cheap repair solutions, the workmanship and parts quality vary greatly.

(3) You can claim the mobile phone insurance, should you opted for this extra option with your monthly billing contract. Such insurance policy can cover your lost and damaged phone(s) by paying a deductible. They are generally provided through the carriers for a monthly fee of $7-15 per handset; depend of your brand and model. However, you must have an active policy when accident occur and numerous claims within short periods of time can get you black listed. The insurance company will ship you a refurbished replacement phone.

(4) Sell as scrap item on eBay, however, you need to have a functioning eBay account and all the necessary steps of conducting an auction for shipping and handling.

5) You can sell to for the quickest and easiest solution. Our web tool will appraise the value of your handset and provides FREE out-going shipping. We will issue you a check within 7 business days upon receipt. It is the easiest method of recycling your unwarranted broken handset. Tell your friends and family about our service and click here to begin your money for phone process.

Source by Tom Lien